Bath student wins second SkillFridge heat

Steven-Monk

Steve Monk: brazing his way to glory

UK: Steven Monk, an air conditioning and refrigeration student from Bath College, has come out on top in the second SkillFridge regional heat in Bath this week.

Steven, 29, from Bristol, is a Level 2 first year apprentice studying at Bath College and working as an apprentice at Bath-based company Ambient Engineering Limited.

fujitsu_gif_v1.8

Advertisement

Delighted to have won, Steven Monk commented “It was tougher than I expected. Although I’m studying air conditioning and refrigeration, I was out of my comfort zone because I normally do air conditioning, rather than refrigeration, in my day job.”

SkillFridge is a national competition for apprentices studying air conditioning and refrigeration from Level 2 to Level 3.

Competitors at the regional heat, hosted by tutor Simon Robinson at Bath College, spent a day completing three tasks under the watchful eye of competition judges. The aim of competition is to improve students’ knowledge and experience, and to promote career opportunities within the industry.

Bath College students Adam Jackson, who works for Space Engineering, and Chandler Davison, who works at Thermocold in Wiltshire, also entered the competition alongside students from Eastleigh College.

Chandler said: “It’s a tough challenge but we can all do it. You have to think about it and go through it slowly. It teaches you how long you should be doing tasks and improves your confidence.”

Bath College is one of only 15 colleges in the UK offering air conditioning and refrigeration qualifications, from Level 2 to Level 3.

Students enrolling on the college’s access to building services engineering Level 1 course also study refrigeration for 12 weeks, as well as electrical engineering and plumbing. The course gives students an introduction to refrigeration, allowing students to progress to a Level 2 full-time course or an apprenticeship.

With a skills shortage in the industry, students are in high demand from companies who need engineers to design, install and maintain cooling systems.

Tutor Simon Robinson said: “I would like to see more students coming into the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. We feel our industry needs to be better recognised and holding such events will help to raise awareness.

Steven Monk will now wait to see if he has won a place to compete in the national finals at the Skills Show in November.

The first heat took place last month at the Institute of Materials in Grantham and the final heat is at South East Regional College in Co Antrim on August 24.  After all three regional heats, the eight highest scoring competitors will be invited to the final, which is to be held in November as part of The Skills Show organised by World Skills UK.


Latest news from the world of air conditioning and refrigeration

UK News

1st December, 2016

steve-gowing-home

Stonegrove appoints Gowing

UK: Industrial refrigeration contractor Stonegrove Refrigeration has appointed Steve Gowing as design and project engineer.

1st December, 2016

javac-award-climate-center

Javac achieves Climate Center double

UK: Javac UK, the refrigerant recovery and vacuum pump supplier, has been named as Climate Centers’ Supplier of the Year for the second year running.

28th November, 2016

kevin-munson-home

Ruskin renamed Swegon Air Management

UK: Ruskin Air Management has been renamed Swegon Air Management following its acquisition by the Swedish manufacturer Swegon.

25th November, 2016

swep-tentlingen

SWEP to close Swiss plant

SWEDEN: Heat exchanger manufacturer SWEP is to close its manufacturing plant in Tentlingen, Switzerland, moving production to factories in Slovakia and Sweden.

World News

5th December, 2016

43761248_s

Bitzer opens subsidiary in Iran

IRAN: German compressor manufacturer Bitzer has established a subsidiary company in Iran.

4th December, 2016

137284

Honeywell faces action over leak

USA: Seven local residents are reported to be suing Honeywell after a chemical leak at its Geismar, Louisiana, plant in August.

3rd December, 2016

daikin-czech-rep

Daikin Plzen plant is BES 6001 certified

BELGIUM: Daikin Europe’s factory in the Czech Republic has joined the group’s factory in Ostend by becoming certified to the BRE’s responsible sourcing standard.

3rd December, 2016

young-buskirk-chairmans-awards

AHRI rises to chairman’s challenge

USA: Parker Hannifin and Daikin were the big winners in a unique competition designed to raise the level of awareness of the HVACR industry both in school and government.

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
Leave A Comment